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posted by July 13 at 8:25 AMon
No War?: Bush scoffs as House votes to bring troops home.
Less Sex: Teenagers report less sex, more condoms, less pregnancies, and more graduating.
More Sales: New FDA rules boost business for emergency contraception.
Less Smoking: More and more states enact outdoor smoking bans.
More Pay?: Congress targets sexist SC ruling on unequal pay.
No X-Mas Trees or Menorahs: Committee recommends Port should not display religious symbols.
Lower Ranking: U.S. News and World Report takes UW Medical Center out of top 10.
And of course, more poetry. The winner of the Washington Poet Association’s 2007 Poetry contest is:
by Ann Gerike
In my childhood, elevators lumbered.
A uniformed attendant perched
on a fold-down seat inside - a girl, my mother said,
because all the brave boys were off at war.
The day before, l had heard my father say:
"Our boys are being maimed and slaughtered
in two theaters." l was glad
we were in a department store,
in an elevator.
At the turn of a dial, the creature struggled upward,
creaking and groaning, its bones rattling. Through the gate,
you could watch the passing floors, the numbers.
Elevators might stop
between floors, refuse to move.
lf, waiting, you pressed a summons button,
a door could open. revealing ropey intestines
dangling in space.
Today, a sleek monster rockets me straight up
in mirrored, carpeted, and silent splendor,
whisks me out onto the 33rd floor of the Sheraton
in no time at all.
All by itself. No concern for absent keepers, off at war,
being maimed and slaughtered in two theaters,
ropey intestines dangling.
We still watch the numbers.